angry scenes as the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment paraded in the Bedfordshire town, to mark their return from Iraq.
The troop, which recruits from across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, will be in Watford town centre on Wednesday for the Freedom of the Borough march, organised by Watford Borough Council.Gordon Brown has expressed disappointment that a "tiny minority" of the crowd in Luton, who held up banners accusing the soldiers of being "cowards" and "extremists", tried to disrupt the event.
In a statement, he said: "The whole country is proud of our brave servicemen and women who serve their country with great distinction and courage.
"That pride in our armed forces was shown once again today when thousands turned out to welcome the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment.
"It is therefore disappointing that a tiny minority tried, but ultimately failed, to disrupt today's event. We should all be proud of the outstanding work our armed forces do."
A group of Muslim protesters, who were hemmed in by police as the parade marched past, waved placards with slogans including: "Anglian Soldiers: Butchers of Basra" and "Anglian Soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists".
One also read: "British Government Terrorist Government."
A number of people staged a counter demonstration and Bedfordshire Police confirmed two people were arrested for public order offences and taken to Luton Police Station.
The protests, by British Muslim extremists, were also condemned by Defence Secretary John Hutton and his Conservative shadow Dr Liam Fox.
Mr Hutton said: "I want to pay tribute to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment who have served their country with great bravery and professionalism.
"I am grateful to the thousands of people from all walks of life that turned out in Luton today to offer their support and gratitude for the incredible job they do.
"I can only condemn the tiny minority who used this opportunity to make, whatever their personal views, utterly ridiculous and insulting comments to these brave men and women.
"I am extremely pleased to hear this has not in any way detracted from this proud day for the Poachers."
Dr Fox added: "This is offensive, appalling and disgraceful.
"It is only because of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces that these people live in a free society where they are able to make their sordid protests."
Justice Minister and Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik said: "All decent people, irrespective of religion will be sickened by the antics of this group of extremists. Our soldiers do an incredibly brave job all round the world. And in Afghanistan, as well as their military role, they are also engaged in development projects which are improving the quality of life of ordinary Afghans, not to mention the two million girls who now attend school.
"They don't ask to serve anywhere, it is politicians who make that decision. All soldiers do is loyally serve Queen and country. The idea that they are "baby killers" is profoundly repugnant. The antics of this very small group will damage community relations and will give ammunition to the far right wing.
"I am proud of the fact that I am patron of the Dewsbury branch of the Royal British Legion and these extremists in Luton no more represent ordinary Muslims than the Real IRA represent ordinary Irish people.
"If these people want an Islamic state as they profess my advice is to go to an Islamic country. Britain is multi-faith and we are proud of that fact as indeed we are of our soldiers."
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